OOC: Alright, here we go! Long but VERY key post.
The Faction Leaders glanced over the data projected by Damon Vankorov and Alexander Black on to the wall. Their faces began showed increasing dread as their eyes traveled down date.
"This is not good," Vanda Darkflame muttered, crossing her arms.
Duke Exeter turned sharply to Vankorov and Black. "Keep what you have seen here a secret. This data needs further evaluation before we can make an announcement." Exeter turned away. "This is not good." he said, echoing Darkflame.
At this point, two Sentinel guards stepped in front of Black and Vankorov while another took the projector and data. "But, wait!" Vankorov began. "We-"
"Trust us," Hael Storm said, stepping forward. "When we've looked this over, you'll hear from us."
"All of you," Doctor Overbuild added before the guards closed the doors on Vankorov.
"Come strike me, foul beast!" Troy Hoffman barked, swinging his great sword at the massive Maelstrom Dragon that was threatening the upper floors. The Maelstrom Dragon bellowed in anger and shot a burst of purple fire at Hoffman. Hoffman crouched, raising his shield to absorb the blast.
Alissa smacked her wrench time on to one of the anti-air turrets perched from the tower. The turret buzzed briefly before roaring to life. It detected the Maelstrom energies of the dragon and opening fire, shooting imagination-fueled bullets and rockets at the beast. It howled and screamed as it tried to avoid the blasts. It swiped dark talons at the turret, disabling most of the rocket launchers and many of the rapid-fire guns.
Hoffman roared and ran at the dragon's head. He jumped from the ledge he and Alissa had been building on and grabbed the spikes protruding from it's head and pulled himself on. Hoffman roared and stabbed his sword into the dragon's skull. The dragon screamed in agony and thrashed its head around.
"Get off of it!" Alissa yelled over the dragon's screams. The dragon responding with streams of fire, scorching the building and smashing the glass windows. Hoffman pulled his sword from the dragon's skull and leaped back to the ledge, landing on his stomach. Alissa used her controller on the beast, magnetizing the beast. The dragon began to fall hundreds of feet, the anti-air turret never seizing fire until the dragon had smashed into the ground.
"Haha!" Hoffman boasted, rising to his feet and raising his hand. Alissa grinned weakly and accepted the high-five. Alissa turned back to the turret and began to make the necessary repairs to the turret. Hoffman's tapped her toolbox to her with his foot and sheathed his sword, opting for an Elite Long Barrel Blaster while covering her.
"You might get a little too much into the whole 'slaughtering Stromlings' thing," Alissa noted, grabbing several tubes from her box and attaching them to the gun.
"It's just how I fight," Hoffman said with a shrug, scanning the sky for anymore threats. "It's like my 'battle mode', so to speak. Then I maintained a slightly more controlled personality outside of fighting." He paused. "I could always be you and be snarky and bitter all the time."
"Ha, ha," Alissa grumbled. "That's just how I fight." She snapped on one last piece and stepped back from her work. "Alright, that should take care of that. Let's move on to the next one."
"Lead the way, your majesty," Hoffman said with a bow. Alissa rolled her eyes and lifted her toolbox when the PA speaker over her head started to crackle.
"Attention," the robotic voice of Nexus Naomi said. "All available Nexus Force personel are requested to report to the Sentinel War Room for an important meeting immediately. Thank you."
Alissa and Hoffman stared at each other for a brief moment. "So do we continue with fixing the defenses?" Hoffman asked.
Alissa shook her head. "The tower will be able to hold up in the meantime. We should probably go see what this meeting is all about."
Sentinel War Room, ten minutes later.
Alissa and Hoffman walked into the already-crowded War Room. Minifigs of every faction and class were in the room. A few were sitting in chairs closest to the center while everyone else was standing around the center. the monitors in the back of the room displayed the Sentinel Command Center where Doctor Albert Overbuild, Hael Storm, Duke Exeter, and Vanda Darkflame stood around a hologram of Sentinel Point Zeta. Around the ceil were several monitors, each broadcasting the meeting to Nexus Force bases across the Nimbus System.
"I wonder what the big deal is," Hoffman said loudly over the chatter, putting his helmet away.
"Clearly something important," Alissa said, shuffling to the side so stragglers could get into the room. There was the sound of a throat being cleared, and the chatter began to die away. On the monitor, Duke Exeter stepped forward.
"Thank you for joining us," Duke Exeter declared. "And thank you to our facilities and groups on Avant Gardens, Forbidden Valley, Nimbus Station, and Gnarled Forest for connecting to the tower to hear this meeting. Unfortunately, the crew of Starbase 3001 are unable to connect due the quarantine on the facility after an increasing amount of technical difficulties."
"Some background is in order," Hael Storm said loudly. Duke gave the space pirate an annoyed look before stepping back. "In October 2010, the Venture Explorer, a cargo ship meant to deliver rocket pieces and recruits to Nimbus Station, was detected by the Maelstrom due to an engine leak, and crippled by its power. The crew, 'figures I'm proud to call Venture League members, managed to evacuate all the recruits to Avant Gardens. Stromling started to spawn onboard. A force was sent up that December to recover files related to the Nexus Tower and to force back the Maelstrom invaders. After that, the Venture Explorer was left in Avant Gardens' orbit. It was a ghost ship."
"Beside the few recon mission here and there," Dr. Overbuild added. "It was just a lost ship in space. We've contemplated many a time to simply destroy the ship or attempt to purify it. However, more pressing matters always seem to came up."
"A mistake, it would seem," Vanda Darkflame stated coldly. "The Maelstrom was allowed to fester in the Venture Explorer. An hour ago, we received some data from the Explorer thanks to the work of Space Marauder Alexander Black and Knight Damon Vankarov. We had previously believed that their efforts had stabilized the ship. The data they gathered suggests otherwise." Darkflame paused, causing chatter between members of the Nexus Force in the War Room. Exeter notably looked toward Beck Strongheart. Darkflame cleared her throat and continued speaking.
"The data suggests the Venture Explorer is nearing complete corruption. Should we allow it to fester any longer, the Darkitect will take over the ship and use it as a mean to whatever he may be planning."
The War Room erupted in gasps and shouts of disbelief. Alissa's usual bored expression was replaced with genuine uncertainty. "Silence!" Darkflame snapped. The crowd lowered's its volume, but the chatter continued. "The data suggests that the Darkitect has been weaponizing the Venture Explorer to use as his own personal battleship to travel and invade areas that have evaded the Maelstrom's grasp!"
"So we're going to stop it," Exeter declared, tapping a view controls near the hologram. Sentinel Point Zeta faded into a hologram of the Venture Explorer. "We are going to send teams of Nexus Force troops into the ship to banish the Maelstrom from the ship's mainframe before the ship attacks any Nexus Force or civilian ships or locations."
"Our goal is to salvage the ship," Storm noted. "But should the crews we send in take too much time to purify the ship and the ship is taken over, Dukey here's got his Sentinel Flight air force on standby to blow that ship sky high."
"Meaning it is extremely important to get in there and take back the ship as soon as possible," Overbuild noted.
"Finally," Darkflame said. "This mission will be lead by Sky Lane, who captained the Venture Explorer before it's corruption. She knows the ship like the back of her hand and will be a valuable asset in stopping the Maelstrom."
Hael Storm clapped his hand together. "I think that's everything. Get out there and save that ship!"
OOC: That is the first mission of the LEGO Universe RPG: Purify the Venture Explorer completely before the Darkitect uses it for whatever dastardly deeds he's planning on![/infomaniac]
Make your preparations, Jacks and I will officially launch the mission soon.